for the past three months, every waking hour that chris has been home has mostly been spent in our back yard. during our build, we had no sprinklers so we lost what little grass we had back there + so the whole thing has basically been a dirt field + terrible on my floors + laundry duties + so on. the kids don't mind it a bit, and kids are supposed to play in the dirt, so we have. not to mention, if we wanted to see chris... that's where he'd be! BLESS HIM. he has learned how to do SO many things since being a home owner + i am so proud of + thankful for all the work he (+ brother in laws!) have put in! ALSO, i am SO happy to report, that after rock removal, and tilling, and sod laying, and sprinkler system putting in + reputting in, and deck building, + swingset placing, and on and on and on... the other night, we hung our cantina lights + porch swing, and are officially DONE working in the backyard for a while. as homeowners, and creative people, there will always be new ideas + things to be done, but we set a stopping point for ourselves + decided that it was time to just enjoy + sit for a while, and we are SO excited! i plan to "camp" as abel says, AKA roast + eat s'mores as many nights as we can, chase my kiddos around in the beautiful new grass, enjoy nights with chris on the porch + praise the Lord for the continued blessings in our lives!